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Katie Balls

Please join us in congratulating Simplot Inspirational Teacher of the Year finalist, Katie Balls. Ms. Balls teaches 1st grade at Jefferson Elementary School.

This year, the Simplot Education Council received 2,377 nominations for 398 teachers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Finalists will be featured daily through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Three Simplot Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2024 – one for a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, 5 finalists have been selected for each category and each will be awarded a $100 check. The Simplot Inspirational Teacher Award Recipients of 2024 will each be presented a $500 check on behalf of the Council.

“I recommend Katie Ball as the Inspirational Teacher for 2024. She is a 1st-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary and has taught for 19 years. She is the epitome of a kind, caring and dedicated educator. Her students love her. I have often been with her when current and past students see her in a store or restaurant. It is like a rock star has arrived. There are gasps, excited tugging of parent's clothing, and then they run for a big hug! Students of all ages rush to see her and talk with her. Even students who have not been in her classroom, but have interacted with her at Jefferson, rush to speak with her. I have also taught her students in high school, and they speak of her with love and fondness.

One reason she is so loved is that her classroom environment focuses on kindness, inclusivity, and expectation. Simply, she shows them how to be good learners and citizens. The students in her classroom care about her and each other. They work hard to learn, and they celebrate the success of their classmates. It is so inspiring!

Additionally, her students are successful in developing important foundational skills of learning. Her students leave her classroom loving school and prepared to succeed in future grades. They are so successful because of her engaging lesson plans. Every year her classroom is turned into a bat cave as the culmination of their science unit on bats, in which they have learned many facts about bats and written about them as well. Ms. Ball supplies the necessary materials from her personal funds and spends time after hours to set up the learning activity. This is just one of many examples of her engaging teaching methods. I also know she is constantly learning and growing as an educator. She often explores instructional methods and implements new research-based strategies to help her students learn and succeed. She is a master at best practices in her classroom.

For 19 years Ms. Ball has put her students first, going the extra mile, buying extra supplies, creating engaging lesson plans, and doing all she can to love and nurture her precious "littles." She is extremely deserving of this recognition. Thank you for taking the time to consider her, and thank you for recognizing educators and supporting education in such a positive way. I appreciate the time you spend on this endeavor. As an educator, it means a lot to be noticed for your efforts and to feel the support of our community.” Fellow Educator, Heidi Luker

Mick Morgan

Please join us in congratulating Simplot Inspirational Teacher of the Year finalist, Mick Morgan. Mr. Morgan teaches 4th grade at Jefferson Elementary School.

This year, the Simplot Education Council received 2,377 nominations for 398 teachers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Finalists will be featured daily through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Three Simplot Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2024 – one for a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, 5 finalists have been selected for each category and each will be awarded a $100 check. The Simplot Inspirational Teacher Award Recipients of 2024 will each be presented a $500 check on behalf of the Council.

“Mr. Morgan has been my biggest inspiration since I had his class in fourth grade. Something that really stuck out to me was the quote of the week. I may have thought it was useless back then, but now that I am older those quotes have stuck with me and have really helped in in my life. I also had Mr. Morgan during COVID which was a really hard time for a fourth grader but Mr. Morgan made my whole class know that we were loved and made sure we had all the supplies to finish off our school year at home.” Ella J.

“I am nominating Mr. Morgan because he was the most inspiring teacher I had through my life.  Every day, he encouraged us to keep going. He always told me to do what I loved and helped me to improve in what I was doing. Anytime I wanted to give up, he would inspire me to keep going, he gave us that motivation.” Maddie C.

“I would like to nominate Mr. Morgan. When I first entered 4th grade I thought it was going to be an easy year, but it was really hard.  When my work was hard I would start to get really frustrated but Mr. Morgan would come up to me and ask how I was doing. I would say something like I need help or this is really hard, so one day he told the whole class, ‘there might be a lot of hardships in life but you have to keep trying and pushing’. “ Kamdon J. 

District News

Back to School

When is the first day of school for the 2024/2025 school year?

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024

When is the last day of school for the 2023/2024 school year?

  • Thursday, May 29, 2025

Will meals be provided free of charge to all learners during the 2024-2025 school year?

No. The USDA has suspended the waiver that provided free meals to all learners during the pandemic. Free and reduced meals will continue to be provided for those learners who qualify during the 2024-2025 school year. To qualify for free and reduced meals, parents and guardians are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application after July 1, 2024. Refer to our Food Services website for more information.

How do I apply for my child to receive free and reduced meals?

When is graduation for the Class of 2025?

  • New Horizon High School: Thursday, May 29, 2025
  • Highland High School: Friday, May 30, 2025
  • Century High School: Friday, May 30, 2025
  • Pocatello High School: Friday, May 30, 2025

When do I find out about transfers?

  • The elementary transfer meeting is Thursday, August 8, 2024.
  • Secondary schools transfers are notified within 60 days of submission of the application.

How do I transfer my learner?

When is Registration?

  • Students who are new to PCSD 25: Register online by completing the Online Registration. After completing the registration online, call your neighborhood school after August 1 to confirm.

When is schedule pick-up for middle school and high school learners?

  • August 7 and 8, 2024
    • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where is my Bus Stop?

What time does my child’s school start? What time does my child’s school dismiss?

What school supplies will my child need this year?

Where is the 2024-2025 school calendar located?

What are the upcoming school closure dates? (No School)

  • ALL Grades: Monday, September 2, 2024 - Labor Day
  • Grades K-5: Thursday & Friday, October 3 & 4, 2024 - Parent Teachers Conferences
  • Grades 6-12: School will be in session Thursday, October 3. Closed Friday, October 4, 2024 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • ALL Grades: Tuesday, November 5, 2024 - Election Day
  • ALL Grades: Thursday, November 14, 2024 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, November 15, 2024 - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, November 25 - 29, 2024 - Thanksgiving Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Monday, December 23 - January 3, 2025 - Winter Break. School resumes Monday, January 6, 2025.
  • ALL Grades: Monday, January 20, 2025 - Idaho Human Rights Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, February 7, 2025 - Parent Teacher Conference Grades K-8
  • ALL Grades: Monday, February 17, 2025 - President's Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, February 28, 2025 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, March 24 - 28, 2025 - Spring Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday, May 26, 2025 - Memorial Day
  • ALL Grades: Thursday, May 29, 2025 - Last Day of School

What is the best way to monitor my child’s progress during the school year?

  • Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. PCSD 25 parents can log into the Campus Parent Portal and stay engaged with information at-your-fingertips throughout the school year. Parent favorites include:
    • Access to student grades 
    • Review attendance and absences 
    • Monitor assignments due or upcoming exams 
    • Notifications for School/District Announcements 
    • Lunchroom information 
  • To download the Campus Parent Portal app on your mobile phone. Visit the App or Play Store on your mobile device and search for “campus parent portal”. If you need login information, please contact the Help Desk: (208) 235-3219.
Take Flight You Put the MORE in MORE Together

As the school year winds down, I have reflected a lot on the many accomplishments of our district. We have indeed taken flight this year!

Instructionally, we have learned to adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and yet remain committed to personal learning and interactive experiences. Academically, we strive to meet our learners' needs in our classrooms with engaging, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative opportunities. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities continue to flourish with numerous district, state, national and academic championships. 

As with any success, these results do not come without the preparation, drive, hard work, passion and dedication of each team member. These values are the foundation of our culture and I am fortunate to be on a team that exhibits these characteristics on a daily basis. 

In the past couple of weeks, it has been affirmed to me that our district truly embraces our motto of "More Together." In our efforts to adjust to a devastating fire, I watched, listened and facilitated multiple meetings in which representatives of administration, the Board of Trustees, Maintenance & Operations, Food Service, Transportation, Technology and a BLT came together to brainstorm ideas for solutions that capitalized on each team member's valuable input to maintain the continuity of learning and activities while making efforts to minimize disruptions. It was obvious through this experience that this type of problem solving happens continually throughout our district. Please know how much each of you are appreciated as you take part in daily discussions that have the same goals in mind. 

It is with admiration and respect that the Board and your district leadership flight team recognize all of your contributions not only this week, but the entire year. And please, enjoy a fun experience with your gift card.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell

#PCSD25 #MoreTogether

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